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Education-All: a new free public lecture series! 

Introducing our brand-new public lecture series! We hope that these free lectures help to foster a love and interest in a variety of subjects. There will be a range of speakers and the opportunity to ask questions at each lecture. This also fits in with our wider school remit of being a Village College, inspired by the ideas of Henry Morris, in which schools should act as a community hub and that education is a lifelong process. Everyone is welcome!

For this academic year, all lectures will be online and shared via Microsoft Teams. Since moving our lectures online, we have been able to invite multiple schools- attached is a map highlighting where people have been 'tuning in' from. We have had up to 270 people attend our live lectures and even more access our recordings which are freely available on the school website. Details about how to join the events (free of charge) will be available via the school website and via Twitter: @Education__All 


Recordings of previous lectures:

Education-All Lectures:

Please follow the links below to access the recordings of previous lectures and feedback forms.

Historic-All Lectures:

Please follow the links below to access the recordings of previous lectures and feedback forms.

Reading Lists

  • Were the Peasants really Revolting? The Great Revolt of 1381 and its Aftermath by Dr Claire Kennan. Please follow this link to access a reading list put together by our speaker Dr Kennan

Lecture dates and links:

September 2021:

  • Wednesday 29th September​, 4-5pm: Matthew Hayes​, Research Assistant, Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge. 

'The history of wildlife: engaging audiences with museum collections'

Natural History collections represent a huge source of information. They provide snapshots into the past and allow us to view the history of wildlife over the last few hundred years. However, museums are limited in the number of specimens they can put on display and share with the public, which means the vast majority of material remains in storage, only available to a select few. Matt Hayes will be talking about his work increasing access to the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology butterfly collection, where he is engaging audiences with the stories they preserve. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.

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October 2021:

  • Monday 11th October​, 4-5pm: Dr Nicholas Zair​, Senior Lecturer in Classics, Cambridge University. 

Pompeii in its own words​ 

Pompeii was buried in ash by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, preserving the houses, possessions, and even bodies of its inhabitants. But it also preserved thousands of words: carved, painted, scratched into walls. In this talk Dr Zair will discuss what sort of information we can get from these ancient writings, in particular about how Pompeii went from being an enemy of Rome to a 'typical' Roman town; about the society and culture of Pompeii; and about literacy and education. 

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November 2021:

  • Wednesday 10th November​, 4-5pm: Dr Marjorie Gehrhardt​, University of Reading.

Commemorating the First World War: Then and Now​ 

From the two-minute silence on Remembrance Day to the Cenotaph in London, and from wearing poppies to visiting installations such as the 2014 ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, many practices, places and exhibits find their origins in the First World War. This talk will explore how various commemorative activities and objects shape our understanding of the conflict, what functions they fulfil and how they have evolved over time. 

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  • Monday 15th November​, 4-5pm: Dr Elaine Murphy​​, Associate Professor of Maritime History, University of Plymouth​.

Danger and Excitement: The Experiences of Women during the British Civil Wars of the 1640s 

‘I dread the sea so much, that the very thought of it frightens me’: Queen Henrietta Maria wrote these words in 1642 to her husband King Charles I. During the Civil Wars she risked her life on multiple occasions to aid the royalist cause. In February 1643 a parliamentarian fleet fired on her at Bridlington near Newcastle. The queen described how: before I could get out of bed, the balls were whistling on me in such style that you may easily believe I loved not such music. As the experiences of Queen Henrietta Maria show the 1640s was a time of danger for many women. Others found excitement and opportunities during the conflict. This paper examines the experiences of women during the Civil Wars ranging from members of the royal family and nobles ladies to ordinary women. It will look at their interactions with military forces especially when their towns and homes came under attack and how some women took up arms to fight for each side. It will also consider the ways women engaged in the political and religious life of the country. As a maritime historian I will also explore some of the ways in which women went to sea during the war and the risks they ran. 

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History Lectures:

A reminder that our previous Historic-All History public lectures are available to view free of charge on the school website: 


Thank you for all your support!